Thanksgiving is a time to meditate on gratitude and express our thankfulness …

Here at RAHAB, we are thankful for YOU! Our generous friends, prayer warriors, volunteers who give of their time and energy, and church partners who believe in the vision and mission of RAHAB …

Our gratitude and appreciation for all you do overflows from thankful hearts.

In addition, we hosted a volunteer appreciation dinner for those who serve with us at our Drop-In Centers and outreaches. It was a wonderful time! We look forward to many more events like this over the coming months.

The holidays bring a special opportunity to give generously and show love to the women and children we serve. Because of your prayers and support, we get to serve the vulnerable in these ways:

Providing a homestyle Thanksgiving meal at each Drop-In Center, safe home, and minor mentoring center. For many, this is the only Thanksgiving meal they are offered.
Passing out 40 Thanksgiving Meal totes with all the items needed to make a full, festive meal at their home.
We even have friends who donate pretty plates and name cards to make each table look beautiful.

The work being done here is important, and the difference you make in the lives of these women and children continues into the future. Our thankfulness for you abounds all year long!

Please be on the lookout for our #GivingTuesday opportunity to show vulnerable women their true identity in Christ!

You are invited to celebrate #GivingTuesday alongside RAHAB Ministries this year. It’s a time that people around the globe make generosity — the opportunity to “give back” — a priority before the Christmas season gets fully underway.

So, as you consider ahead of time how you’ll participate for the sake of the at-risk women we serve …

Will you be in prayer over the survivors in our safe house as we seek to raise money to, ultimately, bring real and lasting restoration and healing into their lives?
Please also encourage family and friends to get involved this #GivingTuesday with RAHAB Ministries! Women who have been trafficked and abused need as much compassion as we can offer. Spreading the word makes this circle bigger!

In the meantime, thanks for standing with us to help the broken and hopeless reach above — and become victors by God’s grace.

God bless you!

RAHAB was honored to be represented and had the privilege to introduce Attorney General Yost at this month’s Akron RoundTable Luncheon.

Attorney General Yost spoke about building a highway of hope, and we just love how that intersects with us serving as a ministry of hope!

We are thankful to be the lead agency on the Summit County Regional Human Trafficking Task Force which is under the AG office and part of AG Yost’s Human Trafficking Initiative participating in stings and operations in order to help put an end to sex trafficking in our community. We count it an honor and a blessing to serve alongside him — a man who is just as passionate as we are about caring for survivors of sex trafficking, speaking truth and love into them, educating our community to help prevent sex trafficking in the first place, and fighting the supply and demand.

We give Attorney General Yost a standing ovation for an excellent talk full of experience and education. He answered the questions of the guests with heartfelt passion and conviction.

And, great news: You can hear his talk on December 2, so watch our social media channels for details!

Have you ever wondered what the atmosphere is like in RAHAB’s Drop-In Centers?

Through her poetry, Alexis Kreiner has captured the feeling: It’s like family … a family who can experience joy, despite brokenness, because of a God who “quiets our fears with His love.”

As you enjoy Alexis’ words, we encourage you to soak in what it’s like … and know that this work is accomplished through your prayers and support together with God’s mighty power!

We prayed over this house.
This space, this street, this yard, that van.
We prayed as we hung shelves and searched for furniture and painted walls.
And when it was done,
It was a completed building.
It held clothes and food and tables,
But it was just a building.

And then family came.
It came as we drank coffee and ate lunch.
It came as we laughed and cried and grieved and celebrated.
It came as we picked out outfits for one another
and asked “How can I help?”
It came in the raw and real and vulnerable.
It came in the showing up,
even when it was hard.

This was a building—
a well-prayed-over building—
and then family came.

And it was filled with the sounds of heaven
and the feeling of safety and belonging.
All because you showed up.

Each piece of this family is the reason we get to see Jesus every day.
This happens because you are here.

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When I was asked for a verse that might be a theme for our Drop-In Centers, I immediately thought of Zephaniah 3:17:

“The Lord your God is in your midst,
the mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.”

This verse is exactly what we prayed the Drop-In Centers would be for the women we serve, and what these ladies would come to know in their hearts. That’s the reason it is on the wall in one of the dining rooms!

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God’s Word is powerful — powerful enough to bring confidence, joy, and peace into the darkest corners of every heart.

And it’s because of your partnership with RAHAB we are able to provide the truths of His Word — and Christ’s unconditional love — to women and children affected by sex trafficking.

Zephaniah 13:7 reminds us that the Lord God is in our midst … and this couldn’t be clearer than when we consider how we are about to launch into our 20th anniversary year, 2022!

As we look ahead, we are excited to expand our outreach ministries into Youngstown so even more women and children can benefit from the continuum of care we offer.

And just as they depend on us, we depend on you to pray, give, and volunteer — so we can continue to provide hope and healing!

We are thankful for you and can’t wait to see what God has in store for us in the future.

We know collaboration with other local agencies and services is crucial in the fight against sex trafficking. And it’s why RAHAB is serious about fostering local, state, and inter-state connections in order to “tighten the net” of support for the vulnerable.

Did you know?…

  • RAHAB actively participates in several local anti-trafficking collaboratives including The Summit County Human Trafficking Collaborative, Collaborative to End Human Trafficking (Cleveland), and Stark County PATHS.
  • We had the opportunity in October for our senior leadership to visit Chestnut Mountain Ranch in West Virginia. We got to meet with their founder, his wife, and their incredible staff, tour their ranch, and see firsthand their commitment to loving children and teaching them about Jesus. Our team was certainly strengthened and encouraged by our time together!
  • We were invited by Cuyahoga Valley Church in Broadview Heights to an open table where we shared about RAHAB with local businesses and organizations so they could consider their community influence … and ways to come alongside our ministry!
  • RAHAB is the lead victim service agency for the Summit County Human Trafficking Task Force (SCHTTF). The SCHTTF works together to identify and provide support to those exploited by human trafficking and to ensure survivors have access to comprehensive wrap-around services. Through this collaboration, we have provided victim advocacy to 115 individuals from October 2020 through September 2021!
  • RAHAB actively participates in The Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission and understands the importance of collaboration across the state.
    • If you are interested in learning more about the breadth and scope of the Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Initiative, you can click here for more information.

Strategic collaboration among many service providers — including medical, law enforcement, and the criminal justice system — can positively impact survivors on their path to healing. No single organization can do it all. We are stronger together!

The holidays lead us to reflect on the things that really matter:

We consider our blessings…
We express what we are grateful for…
We think about what inspires us…

Similar reflections took place recently at our adult safe house when our staff and residents studied a devotional focused on inspiration.

Feeling filled with inspiration ourselves, we decided to express our reflections artistically by writing words, scriptures, or drawings on small pumpkins … a simple craft that was an encouragement to all who participated!

As Thanksgiving approaches, RAHAB Ministries would like to encourage you to think about what inspires you … and as you gather with friends and family over the holiday season, share your thoughts — maybe even a pumpkin craft! — with those closest to you.

Your commitment to helping and praying for vulnerable women and children is truly inspiring — and we are thankful for you!

Becca recently had the privilege of encountering the complexity of Jesus’ goodness and provision in a surprisingly simple way.

One day not long ago, Becca knew that a RAHAB volunteer was coming in to help pack street bags. However, she also knew the ministry was running short on the washcloths that go into each bag.

That morning, Becca prayed that God might squeeze some room into her schedule so she could run to the store to replenish the supply, but her responsibilities got the best of her time, and she wasn’t able to do the errand.

But … her prayer was heard and answered in an unexpected way!

When Becca walked into the Portage House — anticipating coming up short on this important supply — she found numerous donated boxes containing various street bag items, including … you guessed it! more than 200 washcloths!

God has proven to us over and over again: He is faithful … even in the little things! And He works through you — the hands and feet of Christ — as you partner with us here at RAHAB.